Multicast+ is a next-generation multicast solution for distributing
Multicast is alive and well
Have a multicast-enabled network that’s limping along on an unsupported solution from Microsoft or Cisco? Feeling the pressure of an industry abandoning Flash? Multicast is still the most efficient and effective way to broadcast live video to viewers all around the world. And the next-generation of multicast is alive and well in Multicast+.
Modern video streaming
Multicast+ is the only standards-based multicast solution for HLS and DASH, the two leading streaming protocols in use today and the defacto standards of the future. But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your streaming platform if it doesn’t encode to HLS or DASH. Just drop a Wowza Streaming Engine in the middle to transcode any video into a Multicast+-compatible format. Video streams from Multicast+ can then be viewed using any HLS, DASH or HTML5 browser-based video player, which means you avoid the headache of supporting proprietary or obsolete video players.
Enterprise infrastructure at a fraction of the price
Why invest in expensive network upgrades or proprietary hardware appliances when you don’t have to? Multicast+ is a software solution—i.e., far more affordable solution—that overlays your existing network infrastructure and serves as the only distribution infrastructure you need for live video, regardless of the number and variety of streaming platforms you are using.
Make the choice not to choose
Other multicast solutions in the market today exist only to support their own proprietary video streaming platform. But most enterprises use upwards of three or more platforms to serve the distinct needs of the organization. You need a multicast solution that works for all your platforms, not one for each. Multicast+ is your only choice for a truly vendor-neutral solution. Compatible with virtually all the market-leading streaming platforms, many of our partners have chosen to integrate Multicast+ directly into their products for the most seamless experience possible.
Reliable, high quality viewing experience
Let’s face it, the true measure of success is the quality of your end user experience. Patented forward error correction and bandwidth smoothing technologies provides a seamless, high-quality viewer experience even over unstable connections. High availability clustering with heartbeat monitoring ensures rapid failover without delivery interruption should a sender unexpectedly go offline. And real-time traffic rerouting lets you transparently change a video source behind the scenes during a live event without issuing a new link to viewers.
Silent testing with quality of experience (QoE) analysis
Instead of orchestrating live trials with a sampling of participants from around the company, Multicast+ administrators can run background event simulations. With each simulation you get detailed analytics presented on a geographic map with visual indicators to quickly assess the end-to-end performance of the multicast network.
Enterprise-grade security for peace of mind
We know enterprise security is a top priority. Most multicast implementations stream unencrypted video which limits the ability to distribute broadly behind the firewall. Multicast+ adds a layer of encryption to all transmissions, while in motion and at rest, even if pre-existing HLS encryption (such as AES-128 or AES-Sample) is already in use. Multicast+ will even stream over HTTPS and uses PKI certificates to prevent transmission of unauthorized video streams.
Multicasting made easy
The Altimeter management console makes it easy to configure Multicast+ and schedule live events. This centralized, web-based interface orchestrates the setup of Multicast+ channels and senders and guides you though the process of scheduling your event. Our universal program guide standardizes the configuration of live multicast events regardless of which video application you use, making event setup faster, easier and less error prone.
Real-time diagnostics and troubleshooting
Powerful dashboards provide an integrated view of your entire eCDN environment so you can visually monitor status and performance everywhere on the network. Advanced analytics include real-time and archive telemetry detailing the stream consumption experience of every participating device and end node. One-click access to diagnostic data speeds troubleshooting and problem resolution.
Bridge streaming gaps on the network
Fragmented multicast-enabled networks are not uncommon. Pockets of viewers may not have access to the multicast stream, but they don’t have to live on a video-deprived island. Setting up a unicast fallback ensures video reaches everyone, even in locations where the network is not multicast enabled. Use OmniCache as the fallback for the least impact to the network and the best playback performance.